You did not get in. What now?

CBS has received 14,642 applications from 7,392 applicants for 3,181 study places. If you have been rejected, you are one of 4,211 applicants who did not get into CBS either. Here you can read more about what to do next.


Hvad nu? 2021

Photo: Bjarke MacCarthy

Again this year, a lot of people have applied to CBS. Since CBS has a lot more applicants than study places, it means that many applicants are rejected. It can be really frustrating not getting accepted to the study programme of your dreams. In this article, we will break down some of the myths about admission to CBS’ bachelor programmes - and we have some advice for your next steps.

No vacant places

Because there are far more applicants than study places, CBS has no vacant places. There are no standby places nor waiting lists either.


Moving on to the myths. There are some persistent myths about bachelor admission at CBS. We’d like to break down some of them.

  • You do not have to meet the entry requirements when applying in quota 2: 
    You always have to meet the entry requirements whether you apply in quota 2 or quota 1. You cannot be offered a place if you do not meet the entry requirements.

  • Grades do not matter when applying in quota 2:
    Grades do matter. In quota 2, the applicant will be subject to an overall assessment. Your grades are a part of this assessment, but we also look at what you have done after finishing upper secondary school. We also consider your motivational essay for the programmes that require one.

  • The motivational essay is the only thing that counts:
    It is not. Your motivational essay counts for a lot, but there are also other things that matter, as you are subject to an overall assessment.

  • We have a waiting list in case enrolled students withdraw their registration:
    CBS does not have any standby places, so even if you ticked the box in, it does not matter. CBS does not have a waiting list or any vacant places.

Plan B - some advice

If you have been rejected and do not have a plan B, you should think about getting one now.

Thomas Gylling, Student Guidance Counsellor at CBS, has provided guidance to rejected applicants for many years. Thomas has five tips for you to move on after getting rejected:

  1. Don’t let the disappointment stop you – make a new plan
    ”With the GPA levels that we see at CBS, we have to reject extremely qualified applicants. Most rejected applicants are fully qualified to study at CBS, so please do not become disappointed with yourself. It becomes more and more difficult to pass through the eye of the needle. Obviously, many applicants will not make it. This has nothing to do with you and your skills. You just have to make a new plan.”

  2. Check if other universities have vacant study places
    ”There are plenty of great programmes across the country which still have vacant places. Perhaps one of them will suit you. Perhaps you can study the same or almost the same you were going to study at CBS, and you can start studying already this year.”

  3. Consider how you can improve your chances next year
    ”If you are completely certain that you want to take the programme that you applied for at CBS and did not get into this year, you must consider how you can improve your chances of getting admitted next year. Read the quota 2 rules, participate in the information meetings about admission and think about what you can do. Having worked full-time abroad really improves your chances, but do you want to spend a year improving your chances of POSSIBLY getting in next year? There are no guarantees even if you are working like mad to become qualified.”

  4. Make a plan A, B and C
    ”If you wait until next year to apply, you should make a plan A, B and C beforehand. Choose a number of priorities and familiarise yourself with everything before you choose. Think about what is most important: Where you study, or what you study? Sometimes applicants choose CBS without having considered that practically the same education can be taken somewhere else where the GPAs are not as high. In other words, there are good alternatives."

  5. Choose a programme based on your interests 
    “Keep in mind that a programme which requires a very high GPA as such is not better, harder or cooler than programmes with a lower GPA. It is all about the number of study places in relation to the number of applicants - nothing else. A programme with a lower GPA may in many cases provide you with the same career opportunities as a programme that requires a GPA that is sky-high. You really have to look at the contents of a programme and then choose what you want to work with instead of becoming obsessed with getting into that one prestigious programme."

Contact a student guidance counsellor

You are welcome to contact the student guidance counsellors at CBS if you need help finding out what is right for you.

Find contact information for the student guidance counsellors

Quota 2 for next year

If you want to apply again next year, you can already begin to plan how to spend your time wisely for the benefit of your quota 2 application.

CBS attaches great importance to two things in quota 2:

  • Studies or a full-time job. Read more about how we assess activities in quota 2 on Bachelor Admission > Selection quotas under Quota 2

  • Motivational essay: In the programmes where a motivational essay is required it is an important part of your quota 2 application. Your motivational essay must include a description of how you can contribute to the programme and why exactly you are a valuable asset to the programme and the study environment. See which programmes require a motivational essay and find out more under: Bachelor Admission > Selection quotas under Motivational essay

If you wish to know more about what you can do the next year to improve your chances in quota 2, you can attend one of our information meetings about admission in the autumn 2022.
Please note: that the information meeting are held in Danish.


If you have questions about CBS, our programmes or admission, you are welcome to contact us at:

Tel.: + 45 3815 2738:

  • Thursday 28 July: 10.00-15.00
  • Friday 29 July: 10.00-15.00
  • Monday 1 August: 10.00-12.00

Please note however, we can only comment on your specific application or make any decisions if you write an email to CBS Admission on

The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 07/29/2022